Wednesday, 5 June 2013

#153: Strong as an Ox

The Brown Paper Bag Project is Ireland's first (I think) gypsy brewing setup, and this particular beer is their second. It's called Oxman, and is labelled as a dark brown ale. 

Which is appropriate, because it looks dark brown in the glass. At first, the nose is pretty sweet, with brown sugary molasses to the fore, covering up some roasty coffee notes and even a hint of savoury, smoky stuff. The taste delivers on the promise of the aroma, although not quite as sweet, with more of the coffee, tanniny fruit and smoke cropping up here and there. There's a light bitterness throughout, but most interesting of all to me is the almost rubbery taste at the finish. 

I really like this, because not only does it smell and taste great, but it has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that makes it a pleasure to drink. Sure give it a go.

More new Irish beer coming soon!

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